The Mayor has a vital role to play investing in our children and our families and supporting Birmingham Public Schools. As former President of the Birmingham Board of Education, I know firsthand that the responsibility for supporting our students should not be left solely to the Board of Education and our schools.
Providing our children with a world-class educational experience is everyone’s job, and as Mayor, I would bring my experience from the Board to support our students and our schools.
As Mayor, I would execute a six-point School and Career Readiness Initiative:
Establish early childhood learning centers.
- Partner with Birmingham City Schools and the Birmingham Education Foundation to establish early childhood learning centers for eligible 3 and 4-year old Birmingham residents and develop early childhood programming for City-run early childhood learning centers.
Advocate for more First Class Pre-K classrooms for Birmingham City Schools.
- Advocate for expanding state funding to support 13 additional First Class Pre-K classes in Birmingham City Schools.
Summer reading programs for Birmingham City Schools students.
- Encourage the Director of the Birmingham Public Library System to develop a summer reading program for every Birmingham City School student in grades 2-10 not reading at grade level.
Debt-free community college Birmingham City School high school graduates.
- Earmark funds for the “Fred Shuttlesworth Opportunity Scholarship” which would provide for debt free community college for every Birmingham Public School student that graduates that wants to attend a Jefferson County community college.
Ensuring that every Birmingham City School graduate is career ready
- Engage the Birmingham Board of Education to ensure that every Birmingham City Schools graduate graduates with both a diploma and an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate.
Partnerships between Birmingham’s growing tech sector, UAB, and Birmingham City School STEM programs and career academies to create a “school to startup pipeline.”
- Commission the Division of Youth Services to partner with Birmingham Public School career academies, UAB and our growing technology sector to create summer “school to startup pipeline” giving STEM and business exposure opportunities for high-achieving Birmingham Public School career academy juniors and seniors.